Summit Library's New Children's Room Debuts; Summer Reading Program Set to Kick Off

The new and improved Children's Room at the Summit Free Public Library. Credits: Summit Free Public Library

SUMMIT, NJ - The renovated Children’s Room at the Summit Free Public Library will officially re-open June 18, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 1 p.m.

The bright and colorful room features new carpeting and child-sized tables and chairs. It includes a Makerspace, a do-it-yourself space where kids can create, invent and learn. Second-grader Alexavier Tolentino came up with the name for the library’s new Makerspace -- "Think It Lab."

This dynamic new space was made possible by the City of Summit Common Council, the Summit Free Public Library Foundation, and donations from many Summit residents.

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Post ribbon cutting, light refreshments will be served. At 2 p.m., kids in grades 1-5 are invited to watch "",  a live action play presented by Children’s Librarian Jeslyn Wheeless, about a Mad Scientist who programs an enormous computer in 1963 to find 'BFFs' for new kids in town who play baseball, soccer, karate, and guitar.

"On Your Mark, Get Set, Read" Program

Readers of all ages will explore all things sports, fitness and games this summer as Summit Public Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” during the 2016 summer library program, which began on June 13 for teens and starts June 18 for everyone else.

Activities include story times in the library and the community, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.

Those who sign up for the summer reading program will see children either reading books on their own level, or having books read to them

Books read are noted in a reading log:

Babies thru Kindergarten: For every five books completed, readers will receive a ticket for a grand prize, and they may visit the library and take home a small prize or free book.

Grades 1–3:  For every five books completed, readers will receive a ticket for a grand prize, and they may visit the library and take home a small prize or free book.

Grades 4 and Up: For every book completed, readers will receive a ticket for a grand prize, and they may visit the library and take home a small prize or free book.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street, and can be reached by calling 908-273-0350 or by visiting their catalog and website at

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